- Arkan Mall Zayed 2000 - Hadayek El Mohandessen
- 1:00 - 23:00
Sanctum Hospitality’s latest pan-Asian newcomer opened its doors at Arkan Plaza in Sheikh Zayed a couple of months ago. This warm and joyful family-friendly restaurant combines East, South and South-East Asian flavours all in one place. On a Pan-Asian menu, you are likely to find a spicy dish from Southern India, a brothy noodle bowl from Vietnam, or a traditional Chinese dish, all offered on the same menu. Their menu showcases unique regional dishes, celebrating down-to-earth recipes and authentic Asian classics served in a laid-back atmosphere in one of Sheikh Zayed’s most favoured outdoor plazas.
We headed there for lunch on a lovely Friday afternoon to try out their unique menu, and the place was packed! All tables were full, and they informed us that they weren’t serving sushi for another hour because of all the orders ahead of them. As we browsed their menu, we decided to get one Bloody Edmame to try (54 LE) – tomato juice, lemon juice, teriyaki sauce, togarashi, sriracha, and edamame syrup. This mocktail was perfectly balanced; the fresh citrus, the sweet teriyaki, and spicy sriracha made the whole experience a joyful palette party. Afterwards, we decided to share two small starters: the Chicken Satay (86 LE) – chicken skewers with potatoes, and the Beef Spring Rolls (110 LE) – four spring rolls filled with spiced minced beef topped with cheese. The chicken satay was tasty and marinaded, but the potatoes fell short on the taste metre. The spring rolls were flavourful and had an enjoyable crunch but didn’t quite suit the Asian flavour theme.
Soon after, our mains came in very well presented and hot. We had ordered the Beef Teriyaki (259 LE) – Wok grilled and sliced beef tenderloin marinated in a sesame balsamic teriyaki sauce, and a vegetarian glass noodle dish that wasn’t on the menu, but was charged as an open item (100 LE). We had no comments on the beef dish; the cook was flawless, and the sauce was the right balance between savour and sweet. However, the onion rings on the side didn’t go along with the dish. Similarly, the noodles dish was standard; the portion was sizable, and the vegetables were impeccably cooked, but the plate lacked a delicious sauce to bind everything together.
Lastly, we ordered the Banana Coconut Rolls (148 LE) for dessert – Phyllo pastry stuffed with caramelised banana with coconut ice cream and caramel to end this pleasant meal. This was a creative dessert and perfect for sharing; the hot caramelised bananas went great with the cold tropical ice cream resulting in a satisfying palette change at the end of our visit.